Alabama Nature, Consecration Colour

“The Rt. Rev. Glenda S. Curry was ordained and consecrated to serve as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. She is the first woman to serve as bishop in the Diocese of Alabama.” –from an article in the Episcopal News Service posted June 29, 2020 and shared on Twitter. The photo below was in the article.

I was awed by the beauty of the consecration vestments and sought permission to share the photo on my blog, gaining permission via The Rev. Kelley Hudlow, Deacon / Communications Coordinator / Episcopal Diocese of Alabama who also provided the following information via email, 02 July:

The consecration vestments were designed specifically for Bishop Glenda Curry by fabric artist Barbara Mitchell ( The pieces, named “Alabama Nature,” highlight natural gifts of creation found across the state of Alabama, loved by Bishop Curry. The stole has detailed scenes found through the state landscape and the chasuble, cope, and miter have more abstract depictions of nature and use all liturgical colors.

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Photo by Sarah Sexton Photography. Website Link

Posted by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

6 thoughts on “Alabama Nature, Consecration Colour

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    1. I was blown away by the beauty of it all. My church background didn’t have clergy/liturgy but after a quick search I take it this refers to the various colours that the church uses for special times like Holy Week? So throughout the year a number of different colours are used for different observances, and these vestments incorporate all those colours … is that the gist of it?

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      1. Exactly. Green is for the season of Pentecost, purple for Lent, white for Christmas, blue for Advent, and so on. I’m Lutheran, so many of our practices accord with those of the Episcopalians and Roman Catholics.

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  1. The vestments are absolutely beautiful – and so perfect for such an occasion. Thanks for the link to Barbara Mitchell’s site – the vestments gallery (gallery 3) is fabulous. It’s good to see a woman as a bishop too. 🙂

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    1. I hoped you might enjoy this one! Barbara Mitchell’s work is beautiful.. I was amazed. It is good to see a woman as bishop. I think it’s not *quite* so unusual in the Episcopalian church because I can think of 3 women bishops and I don’t even know very many of their bishops.

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